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Sector News - April 2018

04 April 2018

Canadian Art Gallery Educators Symposium 2018:​ Making Learning Visible

A dynamic four days of programming includes hands on writing workshops with Kris Wetterlund (Director of Education and Interpretation at the Corning Museum of Glass and founder/editor of Museum-Ed), presentations by Judith Koke (most recently Chief of Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario), an interactive experience with Peter Morin (Tahltan Nation artist, writer, curator, and educator), and intimate discussions with our peers. Click here to learn more. 

Three Artists Shortlisted for $50k Scotiabank Photography Award

They are: New York-based artist Moyra Davey, Toronto-based Haudenosaunee artist Greg Staats and Vancouver-based artist Stephen Waddell.

The award winner, to be announced on May 8, will receive a $50,000 cash prize, an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2019 Contact Photography Festival, and a book of their work published by Steidl. Overall, the award aims to recognize the achievements of established mid-to-late-career photo-based artists. Click here to learn more.

2018 Ontario Budget

The 2018 Ontario Budget: A Plan for Care and Opportunity was released March 28th. Although the document promises significant investment in health care, child care, and mental health, it does not mention any significant changes in regards to arts funding. Learn More

A New Visual, Media and Performing Arts Space

The creation of a new visual, media and performing arts space will become reality at 176 Lakeshore Drive in North Bay.

It is the result of a partnership between the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective (NRCC), the Department of Canadian Heritage and Pronor Developments. The new galleries, known as NOVAH, will be an integral part of a new “Innovation and Co-working Hub” that focuses on Arts, Wellness and Commerce called coworking176.space. Learn More 

Sector News - March 2018

12 March 2018

Round The Block Public Round Tables

Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.  

Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue.  Learn More

Ontarians for the Arts

Ontarians for the Arts is an inclusive non-partisan movement intent on promoting the benefits of the arts in every city, community and reserve.

A discussion paper was developed in consultation with leaders from across Ontario to encourage dialogue on a range of relevant issues with various stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, including everyday Ontarians and politicians of every stripe. The final version was released in February.

Arts Days Across Ontario: In the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates as possible, in as many ridings as possible. Click here to learn more. 

Monitoring and Evaluation in Art for Social Change

This toolkit is for anyone interested in evaluating a community-based health promotion or social equity initiative, whether you are a member of a community organization, an artist, a community organizer, an advocate, an activist, a health promotion practitioner, a community development planner, a funder, or a researcher. Click here to learn more.

OAAG at the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation

OAAG attended the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives with Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Amrit Mangat.

OAAG also submitted written budget recommendations addressing three common financial concerns that members shared with them. OAAG asked the Provincial Government to:

  • Reaffirm the intrinsic value of the arts by adequately funding key agencies such as Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation;
  • Develop a long-term infrastructure strategy that invests in cultural facilities; and

Financially support the effort to make the arts accessible to all people across Ontario. Learn More

New Tax Sub-Class For Creative Co-Location Facilities

On February 12, Toronto City Council approved the creation of a new property tax sub-class for "creative co-location facilities" which will mean that eligible art and cultural hubs will have their property taxes reduced by 50%. The change will not only impact Torontonians but has the potential to set a precedent for other cities across Ontario and the country. Learn More 

Sector News - February 2018

07 February 2018

The OAAG and ADAC Appraisal Toolkit Has Launched

Need help with the appraisal of donated work? Are you familiar with tax rules and advantages for donors of artwork? Presented by OAAG and ADAC for collection managers and museum professionals, this is a how-to manual for obtaining a monetary appraisal. Learn More

Social Assistance Rules Change to Better Support Ontario Artists

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW. This means that artists who are on OW or ODSP and receive an arts grant will no longer have the money deducted from their monthly benefits, and will not have to risk becoming ineligible for continuing support from these programs. Learn More 

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788